Daughters reported missing mother in 2003
THE daughters of a woman whose body lay undiscovered beneath builder’s rubble in a back garden for 12 years had asked the Salvation Army to try to find her.
Denise Greaves and her sister Natalia Cox went to the charity after Natalia Wilkanoswka, 50, did not attend their father and her estranged husband Gerald Doherty’s funeral in Port Glasgow in 2003.
Ms Wilkanoswka, 50, had not been seen since April 2003. Her body was found in 2015 in the garden of a property in Luton.
Luton Crown Court has already heard claims Mr Doherty killed her, with a pathologist suggesting she may have died after falling down a flight of stairs or being hit by an object.
It is alleged Mr Doherty’s brothers Daniel and Joseph knew their sibling had killed Ms Wilkanowska in 2003, but kept it secret from them.
Mrs Greaves told the trial she was contacted by her sister, who told her their mother was in a distressed state and wanted to be picked up from Eastbourne. They drove to the town, picking up their father Gerald on the way.
When they arrived, she said she and Ms Cox went inside, where they found their mother drinking with another man. She claimed the man tried to stop her leaving and Ms Wilkanowska was beaten up before they got her out.
She told the jury they put her in Natalia’s car and her father drove her mother’s car. Mrs Greaves said: “My dad said for us to go home and he would take her to safety.”
When her mother did not attend his funeral she reported her missing to police before going to the Salvation Army.
Daniel Doherty, 67, of Luton, and Joseph Doherty, 73, of Port Glasgow, deny perverting the course of justice and obstructing the coroner over the death.
The trial continues.
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